The Chaseburg Sole Burner will be held at Chaseburg Village Park, Saturday, Sept. 23, beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s event has a hefty goal to reach as organizer’s work hard to push the amount of money raised since its inception 12 years ago over the million dollar mark.

In order to make that happen, Linda DeGarmo, Chaseburg Sole Burner event co-chair, said she is throwing her original event goal of $100,000 out the window and reaching higher in hopes of raising $128,419, the amount needed to reach a grand total of $1,000,000 raised in just 12 years of fundraising.

DeGarmo said participation in events like the upcoming run/walk allows the American Cancer Society (ACS) to help people facing cancer today by finding cures to end the disease tomorrow. Last year’s event topped six figures so she is confident that the generosity of the people connected with the event and the amazing Chaseburg extended area will shine through again and help them over the top.

The run/walk is a powerful team-building health and wellness event that helps you join the fight against cancer and celebrate survivorship. The event engages business employees, families, friends, students, and local communities to share the benefits that come from supporting one of America’s most unifying causes.

The 2017 honorary chairperson is Erin Hennessy of La Crosse, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 18, when she was a senior at Central High School in 2014. Today, Hennessy is a student at the UW-La Crosse. She will be joined by a cast of cancer survivors all with their own stories of triumph to tell. (Read Erin’s story in the Sept. 22 issue of the Westby Times)

The 30-plus teams already pre-registered for this year plan to beat cancer one mile at a time. DeGarmo said that the generosity of people involved shines through even brighter than the hundreds of luminary candles that line the walking path every year.

Sole Burner participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those surviving the disease by dedicating luminaries. Each luminary bag costs $5 and is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing honoring people whose lives were interrupted by cancer. The paper bags containing votive candles are decorated by members of the Westby Area School District art department and are illuminated after dark, prior to the annual luminary walk at 6:30 p.m.

“We have to many good people struggling with cancer. The Chaseburg Sole Burner is our way of letting them and their families know they are not alone in the fight,” DeGarmo said.

Chaseburg Sole Burner participants raise awareness about cancer, and raise money to help the ACS fight the disease. Throughout the day there will be a wine cork raffle, vendor sales, apparel sales, silent auction, raffles, live auction, chicken dinners and homemade soups, kids activities, and so much more. The bucket brigade will also be out in full force collecting donations beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“We are a small community with a large heart and hope still lives on in this little town that someday cancer will cease to exist. We won’t stop hoping or fighting until cancer is no more,” DeGarmo said.

The 2017 registration fee is $30 for adults, and $20 for kids. Register in advance or the day of the event. To pre-register go to www.soleburner.org/chaseburg. Survivors are reminded to register at the park beginning at 1 p.m. so they can be recognized during the opening ceremony and anyone wishing to have a loved one’s photograph included in the “Fighting Back” video should get them in very soon.

For more information on the ACS Chaseburg Sole Burner run/walk call event co-chairs, Linda DeGarmo at 608-452-3367 or Eric Ostrem at 608-452-3135. Information can also be found on the American Cancer Society website.

“We have to many good people struggling with cancer. The Chaseburg Sole Burner is our way of letting them and their families know they are not alone in the fight.” Linda DeGarmo
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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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